That irregular electronic clicking of coded radio transmissions.

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You’ve probably heard the news by now: 11 people have been accussed and arrested for participation in a Russian spy ring. Most of the articles written about this case so far have concentrated on the pedestrian lives of the individuals, with one neighbor proclaiming the spies “suburbs personified”. This very thing helped attract us to make Clandestine. Indeed, many of the spies who are documented in Clandestine lived in such a way; meeting their handlers at grocery stores, at the zoo, and in art museums was as public as they ever got.

Besides all that, there is a mention to Numbers Stations in this case. During surveillance of one couple’s home there was a discovery of

“the irregular electronic clicking sounds associated with the receipt of coded radio transmissions.”

And Numbers Stations around the world continue to broadcast.